A college volunteer is anyone who is 18 years of age or older and currently enrolled in college or technical school. College students may participate in a variety of assignments and volunteer throughout the academic year. Students considering a career in health care will find this volunteer experience helpful in solidifying career choices. Some assignments have direct patient contact, others are more supportive. Assignments may include patient units, the hospital gift shop, information desk, pediatric playroom, and in office settings.
When: Assignments will be on the same day/same time each week, typically 3-4 hours. Schedules may be changed as class schedules change each quarter/semester, provided there are openings.
Cost: Volunteer uniform top is $20
Commitment: Minimum initial commitment is 50 hours or 5-6 months. We welcome and encourage volunteers to stay longer. During the months of May-August, college students may participate in a special summer program requiring 50 hours over the course of 9 weeks in a variety of volunteer positions.
Process: The application process can take 6 weeks and includes:
- Information session
- General volunteer orientation
- Background check
- Health screening
- Final interview (receive volunteer assignment)
- Training for specific volunteer position
Application: Download the Volunteer Application.
Please review the FAQ's below. If you have additional questions, we will be happy to answer them.
Phone: (251) 415-1123
Frequently Asked Questions (College)
When to Apply
We know college students are in a variety of situations, yet still want to volunteer. Please check to see if one of these scenarios matches your situation:
Going to college locally and staying in town for the summer?
Great! You are available year-round. Feel free to apply anytime. Call with any questions.
Going to college locally, but going home for the summer?
We accept volunteer applications throughout the entire year. Please apply before the fall or spring semester. We want to make sure you have enough time to apply, get trained, and actually volunteer.
Going to college out of town/state, but home locally for the summer?
Welcome home! We appreciate your desire to help. Please apply for the summer volunteer session in March and April. This will give you enough time to complete to application and screening process and still have plenty of time to volunteer during the summer.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
I want to shadow or observe—I need those hours to apply to a professional program.
Shadowing, observation, and internship hours are scheduled through the individual departments. Please call the hospital’s main number, (251) 415-1000, and asked to be transferred to the particular department you are interested in shadowing.
Do you have volunteer assignments in every department? I plan on majoring in xxx and want to get experience there.
We respond to the needs of the staff when placing volunteers. If a department has requested a volunteer, then that is where we place them.
I volunteered as a teen. Do I need to complete another application?
No, you do not. Check with the Department of Volunteer Services. Depending on when you volunteered, we will let you know what needs to be updated.
I have a long holiday break and I would like to volunteer at that time.
Thank you for thinking of USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. We know some breaks can be 4-6 weeks or longer. If you are a former volunteer, contact us prior to your break and let us know your availability. You may need to complete some paperwork. If you have never been a volunteer, unfortunately this is not enough time to get through our process. Please plan on starting at the beginning of the school year or in the summer, then we would welcome you back during your breaks.
What are the uniform and dress code requirements to volunteer?
Volunteers are required to purchase and wear a uniform top while volunteering. In addition to the uniform top, volunteers must wear khaki pants, their name badge and closed-toe shoes. Artificial nails, visible tattoos and facial piercings are not permitted.